If Rolling Stone is capable of one thing, it’s making music lovers go viral. For its controversial opinions, the publication has frequently faced backlash. One recent example is the Top 200 Rap Albums list they published last month. Hip Hop imploded as a result of their placements, which sparked public criticism of the journal for purportedly failing to comprehend Rap culture and led to the public denunciation of that publication’s decisions by numerous musicians and business leaders.
Harry Styles was featured on the latest cover of Rolling Stone UK on Monday, August 22, kicking off the week. After leaving One Direction, the superstar created a sizable brand for himself, making him one of the most well-known musicians in the world.
Even so, things changed when word spread on social media that Styles was the “new King of Pop”—a term that has long been associated with Michael Jackson. Particularly in the Hip Hop and R&B communities, music enthusiasts criticized Styles’ most recent title, saying that if anyone should receive it, it should be Chris Brown or perhaps Justin Bieber.
The magazine received a direct tweet from Taj Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew: “There is no new King of Pop. You don’t own the title @RollingStone, and you didn’t earn it, my uncle did. Decades of dedication and sacrifice. The title has been retired. No disrespect to @Harry_Styles, he’s mega talented. Give him his own unique title.”
Out of anybody, they’re calling harry styles the “new” king of pop? pic.twitter.com/6TuN8L2yd9
— mariah ☆ (@voguessangel) August 22, 2022
— ‘cause Mels wants some MORE⁷ﾒ𝟶🃏 (@melzxjin) August 22, 2022
Michael Jackson didn’t give us the biggest selling album of all time, invented a whole ass dance style, broke racial barriers, revolutionised the music industry, gave us immortal anthems and became god for yall to call Harry Styles the “new king of pop”pic.twitter.com/zDFEObY8Qy
— Marta 🍂🪵🍁🌰 (@DlORDEPP) August 22, 2022
Rolling Stone: Harry Styles is the new King of Pop.
Black twitter: pic.twitter.com/orPMGCDYHg
— Public Enemies Podcast (@TheEnemiesPE3) August 22, 2022